MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR NOVUYO ROSA TSHUMA

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House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma examines with compassion and wit Zimbabwe’s devastating history and our relationships with government, truth, and one another. The book is for fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley and novels by Nabokov. I had the pleasure of discussing this brilliant work of fiction with the author.

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JANUARY BOOK RECS FROM WRITER'S BONE

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Susan Orlean believes that books have souls. The Library Book sure does. Orlean depicts the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library before and after the 1986 fire and reveals the world of the library—“a place that is home when you aren’t at home.” In this month’s Writer’s Bone monthly roundup, I also recommend We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates.

Read all our recs: 21 Books That Should Be on Your Radar: January 2019

INTERVIEW WITH MYSTERY AUTHOR EDWIN HILL

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I can’t think of a better way to spend a winter’s eve than hiding under the covers with Little Comfort and a bottle of scotch. (If you like Hitchcockian suspense, you won’t be disappointed.) Chatting with fellow Writer’s Bone podcast host Daniel Ford and suspense author Edwin Hill about his mystery novel came pretty close.

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NOVEMBER BOOK RECS FROM WRITER'S BONE

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Southernmost, a novel by Silas House, explores religion, spirituality, law, morality, and where holiness can be found. The answer is often in nature, and House describes it with achingly beautiful imagery. Read my full rec for Southernmost and for Abigail DeWitt’s News of Our Loved Ones, which I simply adored, as well as all my Writer’s Bone colleagues’ recs for November!

Read all our recs: 19 Books That Should Be on Your Radar: November 2018

MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ABIGAIL DEWITT

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News of Our Loved Ones is a beautifully written novel that takes place mainly during World War II and is told through the voices of different members of a French family. DeWitt is interested in poetry, and this comes across in her efficient, lyrical prose. In our interview, DeWitt discusses craft as well as her family history, which inspired the book. 

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MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR EVAN FALLENGERG

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The Parting Gift is an erotic tale of lust, jealousy, and revenge set on a spice farm in Israel. Fallenberg has great control over language and over his unnamed narrator, who writes the story in letter-form. In our interview, we discuss unreliable narrators, craft, and Fallenberg’s work as a Hebrew translator.

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MY INTERVIEW WITH PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE EXECUTIVE AUDIO BOOK PRODUCER JULIANNA N. WILSON

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Julianna N. Wilson is an award-winning audio book producer and a dear friend. We talk publishing careers, audio books, and her passion project, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. This powerful collection of stories about strong women and girls throughout history was written by Elana Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, and the audio book is read by the likes of Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, and more.

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SEPTEMBER BOOK RECS FROM WRITER'S BONE

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I love seeing what my Writer’s Bone colleagues are reading! Check out September’s “Books That Should Be on Your Radar,” including mine for Tommy Orange’s stunning debut, There There, and Bitter and Sweet by Sandra V. Feder, plus an Author’s Corner from the hilarious Debbie Reed Fischer, author of This is Not the Abby Show!

Read all our recs: 18 Books That Should Be on Your Radar: September 2018